What pills can you take, other than tylenol, when you have an ulcer and have arthritis?What pills can you take, other than tylenol, when you have an ulcer and have arthritis?

I have an ulcer and I also have a bad case of arthritis. I am taking tylenol for the pain, but these pills don't stop anything, is there any other pain pills I can take?

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Dr. Mike Luggen says:

NSAIDs or nonsteroid anti-inflammatory drugs (like Motrin [iburprofen], Naprosyn [naproxen, Aleve] Relafen [nabumetone], Voltaren [diclofenac], etc.) should not be taken with an active ulcer. If the ulcer wasn’t a severe one, then when it heals it may be possible to take Celebrex or another NSAID together with a medicine to protect the stomach.

If the ulcer is active and NSAIDS can’t be taken, then the options depend upon the type of arthritis one has. If it is Rheumatoid Arthritis, then there are other options which you should discuss with your rheumatologist. If one has osteoarthritis, then the options are more limited. But, one can take Tylenol (acetaminophen) and other pure pain medications like Ultram (tramadol), Codeine, Vicodin, etc. These can also be used for rheumatoid arthritis in conjunction with other disease modifying medications.

In addition, if the arthritis affects only one or two joints, then topical therapy with Capsaicin (Zostrix) or novocaine (Lidoderm patches) might be tried. Or, injections of steroids or hyaluronic acid derivatives (Synvisc, for example) might be tried.

The choice of treatment depends a lot on the details of your condition. I would recommend further discussion with your rheumatologist or primary care physician.

Answered on: Friday, July 30, 2010 - 11:58


Commenting: Guest
02/25/2013 - 06:19

can i take Arthrotec for the stomach ulcers caused because of taking NSAID? as this website suggest this http://www.internationaldrugmart.com/arthrotec.shtml

Commenting: Guest
03/10/2015 - 20:16

what kind of pills do you take with stomach pain please answer because my aunt is in a lot of pain. thank you.

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